Worst Dream Theater Albums

They’re a great band, but they’ve got their fair share of weak albums.

The Top Ten

1 The Astonishing

This entire album is like the shawshank redemption. But with more tunnelling through crap and no redemption.

A New Beginning, Moment of Betrayal, and Ravenskill are great songs, but that's pretty much it. There's the odd piano melody or sweet vocal that I like, but it's too little. And to add that the story is incredibly basic, with virtually no twists (bear in mind this is the band that wrote Scenes from a Memory).
I give the band props for trying something new, but that's it.

Faced with a bit of a moral dilemma here. Mike Portnoy is the only person with the influence to not let this happen (and I think he wouldn't have let it happen). But at the same time, I didn't really like the direction the band was going in towards the end of his tenure with them. - IronSabbathPriest

Not musically original, repetitive, boring, not prog. Absolute garbage from start to finish.

It’s not terrible, but it’s very, very weak. I don’t have a problem with its length, but there’s way too many songs on here. I wish they’d condensed it down into ten or so longer songs instead of 34 short songs. Plus, it’s the only Dream Theater album with no epic on it. That angers me.

2 When Day and Dream Unite

This is one of their best albums. Unpolished production doesn't make the music bad. Also, the vocals are great, they just aren't the same. - Caleb9000

It’s decent but it’s very poorly produced.

3 Dream Theater

People argue that this album is a rehash of all their earlier ideas. Which is true in the sense that it is a summary of their career at that point. But I think the execution couldn't have been more original. It doesn't sound like a stereotypical prog album at all. For example, The Bigger Picture is, in essence, a prog song, but it's executed in almost a pop sensibility. And it works. - IronSabbathPriest

It’s a decent album but it’s kind of bland in parts. The closing track makes it all worth it though.

4 Awake

This is their best album. - Caleb9000

There’s a couple of very good songs on it, but the others are pretty weak.

5 Train of Thought

Besides Stream of Consciousness, none of the rest of the album really blew me away. Yeah it was pretty heavy but it honestly felt like Nu Metal mixed with prog and it kind of was very cliche - cjWriter1997

My opinion of this has definitely changed. It actually is one of my favorite Dream Theater albums now - cjWriter1997

It’s a very heavy album but it’s not their best.

6 Systematic Chaos

Some of the songs are weak but The Ministry Of Lost Souls and both parts of In The Presence Of Enemies make up for it. Plus it has another piece of the 12 Step Suite on it.

Not awfully keen on this album. The Dark Eternal Night and Repentance are my favourites on the album. The main epics of the album are pretty good, but in my opinion they don't measure up to their epics prior to this (but obviously that's hard to do). - IronSabbathPriest

7 Octavarium

Two songs I would consider some of the band's weakest. The Answer Lies Within and I Walk Beside You. Also Never Enough is a straight up Muse song. - cjWriter1997

The title track is amazing, but half of the album is kind of weak. When it’s at its best, it’s amazing, but when it isn’t it’s kind of boring.

8 A Dramatic Turn of Events

I needed two more entries...not bad albums by any means.

9 Images & Words

Metropolis is overrated, not even in my top three best on the album. But Learning To Live, Under A Glass Moon, and Pull Me Under are fantastic, especially the first one.

10 Black Clouds & Silver Linings

The Contenders

11 Metropolis Part 2: Scenes from a Memory
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